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Ok, ladies, here's my dilemma:<br><br>
In a few weeks, I will be attending a professional conference. Dh and dd are traveling with me; we are staying with my mom. Dh will be dd's full time caregiver during the three days of the conference, when I will be out of the house from 7:30am-5:30pm (approx).<br><br>
At the moment, dd generally nurses 5-6 times in a 24 hr period (unfortunately kind of balanced between day and night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> ). She has mostly given up her 10am nursing and now goes from about 6am to her nap (starting anywhere from 11:30am to 1pm) without. Then she nurses again in the late afternoon, in the 4-5 range. Then before bed and hopefully fewer than 6 times before morning, but it depends on her teeth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
If I nurse her soon before I leave and right when I get home (plus, I have a feeling, for much of the night), should I bother pumping and leaving a cup (no bottles for her! plus she is 16 mos) with dh? I have no idea if she'd drink it. Chances are that to get a decent nap out of her dh will have to put her in the car and drive.<br><br>
Other than the inconvenience factor of pumping, I have never been able to get much milk that way...plus now I am 16 weeks pregnant so I have no idea how great my milk supply is in the first place (although no complaints from the peanut gallery--milk is def. still around!).<br><br>
I guess I just don't want her to think I am leading her to a weaning opportunity...<br><br>
Any educated guesses on how she would react/how I should approach this?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I just did something similar, but my dh brought her in and out of the meeting as needed. Could you do that?<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I think you'd be fine to not pump; but maybe you could consider going to the house for lunch and bf your dd then? I had a very similar arrangement at a conference I attended with my 11-month old; and I went 'home' at lunch and breastfed then; plus right before I left in the a.m. and right when I got back around 5pm.
 

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Not really....I don't know the schedule at all (i.e. when the breaks will be), plus it is at a secure location (I know this sounds like I am in the CIA, but it's just an Air Force base) and I don't think dh would be able to come and go. Plus my mom lives at the opposite end of the city.<br><br>
If she were younger I'd definitely try to make it work, but I'd rather not revisit the whole "how much is for nutrition/how much is for comfort" argument with dh right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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